Brian Borthwick (1930-2015)

Brian Borthwick died on November 16th, the day by some strange co-incidence I was in the Imperial War Museum viewing one of his first films made for Halas & Batchelor in 1946, Coastal Navigation. He would have been around 16 at the time. You can read his biography here http://www.animatormag.com/archive/issue-21/issue-21-page-27/ My memories of Brian are that he was always working away in the background; my parents depended on his skills as a model maker, draftsman, artist, animator and technician. He was someone who enjoyed solving problems as well as initiating ideas. One summer in »

Foo Foo in Colour - The Stowaway (1960)

In my last post I mentioned the Foo Foo series, which was an attempt by Halas & Batchelor to produce an animated series of television. 33 episodes were made for the ABC Television network that had the ITV weekend broadcast franchise for the North and the Midlands from 1956 to 1968. As television was black-and-white at that time, and used the 405-line system that carried less detail on the smaller screens of the time, the simple chinagraph outline drawings with minimal shading described in the last post were perfectly suitable for the medium. However one episode of the series was »